While some folks revolve their summer paychecks around the Steam sale, this year my heart — and my money — are belong to GOG.com. The site-formerly-known-as-Good-Old-Games is in the second week of its #NoDRM summer sale, and my library of titles has grown considerably. I’ve mentioned my fondness for GOG.com here on Bio Break in the past, but I have to say that this sale has ratcheted up my excitement for the site and for classic PC gaming.
I’ve also spent just about my entire allowance this month on many of the bundled deals that have come through the sale. Right now, over 500 titles are half-off (and we’re talking many being just $3 or so), but there are daily specials and bundles as well. Today you can get the entire classic Ultima series (1-9) plus Ultima Underworld 1&2 for less than $9. That’s crazy. It’s also awesome.
It also causes that dreaded disease of the digital games collector, where you keep snapping up tons of games that you’ll probably never play. But it’s in a bundle! You gotta have it! I’m quite aware of this, and I’ve laid out plans (that you’ll see soon enough) to actually go through most of these games and not let them linger.
Apart from the current sale going on, I recommend this site for a few reasons:
- None of the titles use DRM, so you don’t have to fret about that. Install ‘em on as many of your computers as you like.
- The site has bent over backwards to making installation and game running as smooth as possible, especially with older games. In some cases, they have lists of recommended mods to make the game more enjoyable to modern sensibilities.
- There are about ten or so free games (go to the catalogue and sort price by “free”). Free is free, can’t complain about that!
- GOG bundles games with plenty of extras, including manuals, maps, reference cards, artwork, interviews, and (my favorite) soundtracks. With the D&D bundle that I purchased early in the sale, I got at least two Jeremy Soule soundtracks (Neverwinter Nights and Icewind Dale) included. That made my day.
- I’ve discovered a passionate community there that loves classic PC gaming — and especially players who are trying these titles for the first time. It’s pretty fun to see the forums light up with questions over quest help and discussions over plot twists.
- GOG has set up a community wishlist where players can vote on their most-requested titles and site features — and GOG does try to fulfill those.
The other day Dodge and I were perusing the catalogue while talking on Skype, recommending different titles to each other and getting greedy with the sale. Good times.